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Nicole Parra with Oakland School Board member Noel Gallo at Jefferson Child Development Center. Photo by Gene Hazzard.
Former Democratic Assemblywoman Nicole Parra came to Oakland this week, campaigning for Democrats and independents to vote for Republican Meg Whitman for governor.
Parra, who represented Kern, Tulare and Fresno counties from 2002 to 2008, on Thursday visited Jefferson Child Development Center in East Oakland, part of the public preschool program that is struggling to stay open in the face state funding cuts.
“Meg Whitman is the only candidate with the leadership and management skills to create jobs, end budget stalemates and put Californians back to work. She will bring common sense and accountability to Sacramento at a time we need it most,’’ said Parra, who is working for the Whitman campaign. Read more
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Oakland will lose 6 million dollars in State funds because of California’s projected 40 billion dollar deficit. San Francisco will lose 112 million and Berkeley will lose 3 million.
Tragic as this is, the situation was made worse on March 4th. California did not qualify for a share of the “Race to the Top” pie offered by President Obama’s competitive school-reform grant program.
California was not selected as one of the finalists for the $4.35-billion grant program.
California sought to qualify for the “Race to the Top” funding by linking teachers’ performance to their students’ test scores, and the Teacher’s Union voiced strong opposition to that proposal. Fewer than half of the school districts and teachers unions agreed to sign the agreement that would have required them to abide by the reforms. If California had qualified, the State could have received up to $700 million dollars. The state will have another opportunity to apply this summer
Carlos McLean, Director of Map, Counselor and Instructor at Merritt Community College commented on California’s lost opportunity, “We go through a lot of battling for money, but focusing on money only is not sufficient, we have dealt with less money but had success in the past. We need to focus on the students first. Despite the lack of funding, we need to provide both instructional and student support services to enhance the quality of educational offerings.”
The Obama administration used “Race to the Top” as a way to pressure school districts to make reforms. The multi-million dollar budget cuts to education and the fact that Oakland teachers are the lowest paid in Alameda County might become an incentive for the Teacher’s Union, not just in Oakland but throughout the State of California to accept Obama’s federal scrutiny so that California could succeed in the next round of funding.
Last week, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus attended the signing of an Executive Order for the White House Initiative on Historically Black College’s and Universities (HBCU).
The goal of the initiative will be to work with various public and private sector entities to increase the capacity of HBCUs to provide the highest-quality education to a greater number of students. She released this statement:
“The Congressional Black Caucus applauds the Obama Administration for not only continuing this very worthwhile initiative but enhancing it to better serve our Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
“HBCUs are a source of accomplishment and great pride for the African American community and the entire nation – training our young people to serve domestically and internationally in a variety of professions.
“Many of our members are products of and represent HBCUs throughout this country and we appreciate the value of investing resources in these historic institutions.
“This initiative will allow HBCUs to compete effectively for funding, identify and increase their participation in Federal programs and initiatives and encourage greater partnerships between public-sector and private-sector entities as well as increased community involvement.
“We look forward continuing to work with the Administration to strengthen our HBCUs.”
Reverend Brondon Reems, Host Pastor, Center Of Hope Community Church, Mother Eleanor Workman, Founder Christian Haitian Outreach.
The Pastors Of Oakland sponsored a praise service to raise money for the victims of the Haitian Earthquake at The Center Of Hope Community Church in East Oakland Sunday, February 28.
The spirit-filled evening featured praise dancing by The Center Of Hope Praise Team and choral presentations from bay area mass choirs. The Shiloh Christian Fellowship Pastor David Kiteley who is also President of the Pastors Of Oakland presented a call for special support.
“I am a living witness that prayer works,” said Bishop E.C.Reems, Founder of Center Of Hope. “It’s time to step up to the plate as Christians and give what we can to our brothers and sisters in Haiti’’.
Eleanor Workman 90, founder of Christian Haitian Outreach said she started working in Haiti 37 years ago, and since then she has established a orphanage housing 500 youth, a church, and a medical clinic serving the poor. She said, “I hired local kids to help me get started and the Lord handled the rest.”
For more information visit www.christianhaitianoutreach.org.
Dr. Rice lost her mother to breast cancer and will share her experiences
Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will join Friends of Faith in the fight against breast cancer on March 29, 6-9 p.m. at the Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco.
Dr. Rice will discuss her amazing journey with veteran KQED-TV journalist Belva Davis about growing up in segregated Birmingham, Ala., to becoming the first African American female Secretary of State. Dr. Rice, who lost her own mother to breast cancer, will also share her own personal experiences of caring for a loved one battling this deadly disease.
Friends of Faith, Inc. is a nonprofit organization founded by the late television news Personality Faith Fancher of KTVU, whose valiant 7-year battle against breast cancer was an inspiration to countless women battling this deadly disease. The organization has a unique mission: to provide financial support and invaluable resources to underserved, uninsured, and at-risk women with breast cancer who have nowhere else to turn.
Since Faith’s death in 2003, her fellow Bay Area media personalities, along with many others in the community who are dedicated to her cause, have joined forces to continue the work that has been a “Godsend for so many breast cancer survivors and their loved ones”.
TICKETS: $250 VIP (includes reception and Photo Op with Professor Rice); $100 General Admission; $50 General Admission.
For more on the Friends of Faith — http://faithfancher.org/
Applications close March 8
By Post Staff
The Economic Opportunity Council (EOC) is a private non-profit agency which provides a range of services to low-income San Franciscans. As the Community Action Agency for the City and County of San Francisco, EOC’s mission is to address the problem of poverty in San Francisco by focusing of resources toward eliminating the causes and conditions and impacts of poverty.
The role of the board members is vital to the success of the agency. Board members are charged with the responsibility of policy development; oversight of the programs both in the areas of monitoring and evaluation; fund development and board level oversight of the agency’s administration. Board members do not participate in the day to day operation of the programs. Read more
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Black District 10 depends on Blacks sending in Census Forms
From left to right. Census Partnership specialist Wade Woods, Status on Women Commissioner Andrea Shorter, US Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Supervisor Carmen Chu and City Assessor Phil Ting. Photo by Kevin Jefferson.
As Census Day approaches, Secretary Gary Locke, Regional Census Director Ralph Lee and community leaders held a rally and press briefing at the Hire-Ability headquarters to motivate America’s growing and increasingly diverse population to complete and mail back the 2010 Census form.
As mandated the US Constitution, the census will take place on April 1, 2010. Census data determine boundaries for state and local legislative and congressional districts. More than $400 billion in federal funds are distributed annually based on census data to pay for local programs and services such as free lunch for low-income students, vocational training and emergency services.
District 10’s census count can determine if the district will remain a black district. If Blacks are not counted, when the lines are redrawn after the 2010 census count, more whites will be added to the district thus eliminating the last remaining black district in the city.
The Census Bureau will mail the 10 question form, one the shortest in census history to all households in the city in mid-March. To gear up, thousands of Northern California residents will be hired to reach everyone, including approximately 10,000 workers for the Bay Area. The Census is still testing and hiring. If you would like to apply for a Census Job visit the Census website at www.2010censusjobs.gov or call the toll free jobs line at 1-866-861-2010.
All census information is confidential and protected by law. The Census Bureau can’t share respondents answers with any government agency such as the FBI, the IRS, welfare and immigration. No court of law or law enforcement agency can find out respondents answers.